Norwegian Steam merchant
|Completed||1889 - Sunderland Shipbuilding Co Ld, Sunderland|
|Owner||Olaus Kvilhaug, Haugesund|
|Date of attack||23 Jan 1940||Nationality: Norwegian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-18 (Ernst Mengersen)|
|Position||58° 51'N, 1° 00'E - Grid AN 4219|
|Complement||14 (14 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Sunderland (20 Jan) - Åndalsnes|
|History||Completed in February 1889 as Truro City for Christopher W. Furness, West Hartlepool. 1890 sold to Norway and renamed Normandie for D/S Normandie (Jens Meinich & Co), Christiania. 1900 transferred to D/S A/S Normandie (Bruusgaard, Kiosterud & Co), Drammen. 1912 renamed Norli for Lie & Roer’s D/S A/S (Lie & Roer), Christiania. 1913 renamed Bisp for the same owner. 1914 sold to D/S Baltic (E.H. Rustad), Christiania. 1916 sold to A/S Christoffersens D/S Rederi (C. Christoffersen A/S), Brevik and later that year transferred to A/S D/S Bisp (A. Jacobsen & C. Andersen, Jr.), Bergen. 1932 sold to D/S A/S Bisp (Olaus Kvilhaug), Haugesund. |
|Notes on event|
At 07.01 hours on 23 January 1940, U-18 fired a G7e torpedo at a small steamer and observed a hit on the starboard side near the bridge and the sinking of the vessel within 40 seconds about 100 miles southeast of Shetland Islands. The U-boat had spotted the ship at 00.50 hours and missed her with a first torpedo at 06.49 hours. Its victim was very likely the unescorted and neutral Bisp (Master Rolf Kvilhaug) which was reported missing en route from the UK to Norway.
|On board||We have details of 14 people who were on board.|
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